Crude Oil Leaking Into Iowa River After Alberta Train Derails

Train Derailment

Almost half the spill - an estimated 100,000 gallons - had been contained with booms near the derailment site and an additional boom placed about 5 miles downstream, BNSF spokesman Andy Williams said.

Officials say they don't know what caused the train to go off the rails, although a local, Jacob Faber, told the Des Moines Register that there was water on the train tracks.

In this aerial drone image taken from video and provided by the Sioux County Sheriff's Office, tanker cars carrying crude oil are shown derailed about a mile south of Doon, Iowa, Friday, June 22, 2018. "We had a large supply in our water towers and we are using our interconnection with rock valley rural water to recharge our water supply".

The public's interest in the train derailment is making it extremely hard for clean up and construction crews to get in and out of the area.

Rock Valley, just southwest of the derailment, shut off its water wells within hours of the spill. He said Saturday that the cause of the derailment hasn't been determined. The train derailed early Friday near Doon, north of Sioux City.

Metropolitan Utilities District said it was monitoring pumps it uses to pull drinking water from the Missouri.

They're also building a road parallel to the tracks to try to get to the derailed and partially-submerged oil cars.




Williams said he was unsure how much oil leaked and how numerous cars were leaking.

It's not yet clear how many tankers are leaking or how much oil has escaped.

City spokesman Travis Olson says 12 blocks of the city with between 50 and 70 homes - were evacuated Thursday when the Rock River came out of its banks. It joins the Rock River a few hundreds yard west, which courses south into the Big Sioux River.

Williams says crews have been skimming oil from floodwaters. On the one hand, proponents are likely to argue that pipelines are much safer than trains; on the other, opponents will say that either form of transportation is a recipe for this kind of disaster.

Then an unrelated fire at an industrial site about a mile south of town took emergency crews away from the derailment. A BNSF spokesman didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

Evacuations have occurred downstream at Rock Valley, where the Rock River is expected to crest later Friday.

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